Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden's father was an immigrant from Yemen, he had the trust of the Saudi royal family. Soon he had amassed a multi billion dollar fortune in the construction business. As a teen Bin Laden drawn to Islam. In the late 1970's he set up a headquarters for Arab volunteers, and fought in combat in Afghanistan (1 ).
Ed Girardet, a writer and humanitarian aid specialist who has covered Afghanistan since 1980, said ``He was always after some purist Islamic state which exists nowhere in the world,'' Girardet continued ``He had a deep hatred of anything from the West. Unlike the Afghans, his radical Arab followers wouldn't even shake your hand."(2 ).
Bin Laden made no qualms about his hate for the west. In fact said Pierre Lacoste who headed French intelligence at the time said ``I warned the CIA about getting involved with this sort of Muslim extremist,''(3 ).
Bin Laden created a recruiting group called Maktab al-Khidamat. The group built infrastructure in afghan held areas, it's also said that he received training and resources from the CIA(4 ).
A report from the U.S. government confirms his work, it said "Bin Laden has associated with the leaders of numerous Islamic terrorist groups since the Afghan war. He has trained their troops, provided safe haven and financial support and probably helps them with other organizational matters... Fighters from Egyptian, Algerian, Palestinian, Filipino and Jordanian terrorist groups have trained in his camps."(5 ).
Though Bin Laden denies he ever got funds directly from the CIA, Bin Laden received American logistical and political. This support started in the Carter administration and continued through the Reagan administration(6 ).
In the early 1980's Bin Laden put his fortune to work for the mujahedin. During his involvement he won respect from the mujahedin and some American intelligence operatives there(7 ).